+ DAILY PRAYER +
This Daily Devotion covers the first five books of the Bible, Genesis through Deuteronomy also called the Books of Moses or the Pentateuch, in a period of one year in a Monday through Friday format, the Psalms and order of devotion follow those presented in The Treasury of Daily Prayer from Concordia Publishing House.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy!
In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!
Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan,
and he hears my voice.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you;
He will never permit the righteous to be moved.
Psalm 69:1-4, 8-9, 24, 29-30
1 To the choirmaster: according to Lilies.
Of David. Save me, O God!
For the waters have come up to my neck.
2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters,
and the flood sweeps over me.
3 I am weary with my crying out;
my throat is parched.
My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God.
4 More in number than the hairs of my head
are those who hate me without cause;
mighty are those who would destroy me,
those who attack me with lies.
What I did not steal must I now restore?
8 I have become a stranger to my brothers,
an alien to my mother’s sons.
9 For zeal for your house has consumed me,
and the reproaches of those who reproach you
have fallen on me.
24 Pour out your indignation upon them,
and let your burning anger overtake them.
29 But I am afflicted and in pain;
let your salvation, O God, set me on high!
30 I will praise the name of God with a song;
I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Reading Lev 5:14-6:13
Laws for Guilt Offerings
14 Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 15 “When a person ?displays infidelity? and he sins in an unintentional wrong ?in any of? Yahweh’s holy things, then he shall bring his guilt offering to Yahweh: a ram without defect from the flock as a guilt offering by your valuation in silver shekels according to the sanctuary shekel. 16 And he shall make restitution for what he sinned ?because of? a holy thing and shall add one-fifth of ?its value? onto it and shall give it to the priest. The priest shall make atonement for him with the ram of the guilt offering, and he will be forgiven.
17 “If a person when he sins ?violates? one from all of Yahweh’s commands that should not ?be violated?, but he did not know, then he is guilty and he shall bear his guilt. 18 He shall bring to the priest a ram without defect from the flock as a guilt offering by your valuation, and the priest shall make atonement for him because of his unintentional wrong (although he himself did not know), and he will be forgiven. 19 It is a guilt offering; he certainly was guilty before Yahweh.”
Additional Laws for Burnt Offerings
6 Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “When a person ?displays infidelity? against Yahweh and he deceives his fellow citizen regarding something entrusted or ?a pledge? or stealing or he exploits his fellow citizen, 3 or he finds lost property and lies about it and swears ?falsely? ?in regard to? any one of these things by which ?a person? might commit sin, 4 ?and when? he sins and is guilty, then he shall bring back ?the things he had stolen? or ?what he had extorted? or ?something with which he had been entrusted? or the lost property that he had found, 5 or ?regarding? anything about which he has sworn ?falsely?, then he shall repay it ?according to? its value and shall add one-fifth of its value to it—he must give it ?to whom it belongs? on the day of his guilt offering. 6 And he must bring as his guilt offering to Yahweh a ram without defect from the flock by your valuation as a guilt offering to the priest, 7 and the priest shall make atonement for him ?before? Yahweh, and he shall be forgiven ?anything? from all that he might do ?by which he might incur guilt?.”
8 Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 9 “Command Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the regulation of the burnt offering: ?The burnt offering must remain on the hearth? on the altar all night until the morning, and the altar’s fire must be kept burning on it. 10 And the priest shall put on his linen robe, and he must put his linen undergarments on his body, and he shall take away the fatty ashes of the burnt offering that the fire has consumed on the altar, and he shall place them beside the altar. 11 And he shall take off his garments and put on other garments, and he shall bring out the fatty ashes ?outside the camp? to a ceremonially clean place, 12 but the fire on the altar must be kept burning on it; it must not be quenched. And the priest must burn wood ?every morning? on it, and he shall arrange the burnt offering on it, and he shall turn into smoke the fat portions of the fellowship offerings on it. 13 A perpetual fire must be kept burning on the altar; it must not be quenched.
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy, be gracious to all who have gone astray from Your ways and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of Your Word; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Heavenly Father, send Your Holy Spirit into our hearts to direct and rule us according to Your will, to comfort us in all our afflictions, to defend us from all error, and to lead us into all truth; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.